Crafting Christmas

Saturday, December 6, 2008

I have fond memories of making salt dough ornaments at Christmas time with my family and our neighbors. I have been making them with my own kids for the last few years and we always enjoy this project. It is such a fun and easy thing to do and we usually attach them to a basket of homemade treats to give to friends and relatives.

Here's the recipe we use:
4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup salt
1 1/2 cups hot tap water
1 tbsp vegetable oil

Mix well with spoon until a ball forms. Then dust hands with flour and press or roll dough to desired thickness. Cut out shapes or create your own using pencils, rulers, cookie cutters, a butter knife, a comb or whatever you like. Anything goes! Use a straw or pencil to create a hole if you plan to hang your creations.

Bake shapes in 200 degree oven for 1-2 hours or until firm. Let dry over night before painting. Use acrylic paint and varnish to finish.
Laurie said...

What a great idea! We'll have to do these!!

Ruralmama said...

The first Christmas my hubby and I spent together we made these and we still chuckle about them. Thanks for reminding me!


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